Memorial Day Weekend Events in Los Angeles

Welcome in the summer season with these Memorial Day events in L.A., including street fairs, wine tastings and more.

Memorial Day weekend? Must mean summer. Even in a place that’s blessed with perpetually pleasant weather, the long weekend seems to signal a change of seasons with the sudden onset of outdoor movies and concerts. Whether you’re looking to spend some time on the beach or at a street fair, you’ll find plenty to do during the three-day weekend with these Memorial Day events in Los Angeles.

Fiesta Hermosa

Downtown Hermosa Beach, Manhattan/Hermosa/Redondo
May 25 2019-May 27 2019

Roam the 400 stalls at this arts festival, sample the fine foods and listen to the music—and then take a dip in the nearby Pacific. Look out for the Fiesta over both Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends.

L.A. Zine Fest

Helms Bakery, Culver City
May 26 2019

Forget blogs: Get out from behind your computer screen and into the world of printed lit at L.A. Zine Fest. The all-day event showcases over 175 exhibitors of zines and small press publications from across the country, bringing together the best of SoCal nerds for the exchange of art, ideas and more. Don’t miss the fest’s free readings and workshops.

Topanga Days Country Fair

Topanga Community Club, Los Angeles
May 25 2019-May 27 2019

Tucked away in picturesque Topanga Canyon, this Memorial Day weekend festival has become a favorite local tradition. Bohemian locals of all ages as well as curious onlookers converge to celebrate music, food, arts and Mother Earth. Some complain that the masses have commercialized this neighborhood event, but there are still plenty of true ‘60s hippies, vegan food vendors and healing arts to make you think you’re in Woodstock.

MAINopoly: A Taste of Main Street

Various locations in L.A., Los Angeles
May 26 2019

Everybody likes a good theme party, and this Memorial Day Weekend, Main Street in Santa Monica is giving the people what they want. In an effort not only to entertain Westsiders, but also to raise funds for Summer SOULstice, Main Street between Pier Avenue and Bay Street will transform into an interactive Monopoly board game, allotting attendees special “MAINopoly dollars,” to be exchanged for food tastings across the street’s finest establishments.

Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Festival

Rancho Santa Susana Community Park, Ventura County
May 25 2019-May 26 2019

While there are several festivals enticing families over Memorial Day weekend, this is the only option that will (figuratively) transport its 15,000 attendees to New Orleans. The two-day annual Cajun & Blues Festival in scenic Simi Valley will satisfy different musical tastes with both a Cajun/zydeco stage as well as a blues stage. Snack on food options straight out of Louisiana like jambalaya and alligator sausage, and take part in a bead-filled Mardi Gras parade each day. As a cherry (or rather crawfish) on top, the proceeds will go to charitable, educational and humanitarian causes.

JazzReggae Festival

Location T.B.A., Los Angeles
May 27 2019

After a short-lived stint in the early spring, UCLA’s impressively student-run fest is returning to its Memorial Day roots. Though the fest promises the same vibe—which, in the past, was definitely the most 4/20-friendly of the pre-summer festivals—its two days have been pruned down into one. Gone are the dedicated jam band and reggae days; instead you can expect a more streamlined show.

Angel City Heritage Music & Arts Festival

Angel City Brewery, Arts District
May 26 2019

Angel City Brewery celebrates its birthday with the Heritage Music & Arts Festival. The annual beer, food, art and music festival features brewmaster-led tours every hour for a behind-the-scenes look at how house craft brews are made. Fill up on grub from local food trucks, and when you’re ready to break from eating and drinking, rock out to L.A. musical talents, check out live painting, and rummage through artisanal wares from local artisans at the Beer Bazaar.

Stoned and Dusted

Multiple venues
May 25 2019-May 26 2019

As a throwback to the gasoline genrator-fueled desert parties in the early ’90s, this on-the-down-low offshoot of Desert Generator is celebrating stoner rock and the desert music scene with a two-day campout. The event kicks off at Pappy & Harriet’s with sets from Melvins, Fu Manchu and Brant Bjork, co-founder of seminal stoner rock band Kyuss. Then the action moves into the Mojave for a show with Black Mountain, Acid King, Mark Lanegan and more. Details are hush-hush; we just know it’s somewhere near Joshua Tree.

RuPaul’s DragCon

Los Angeles Convention Center, Downtown
May 24 2019-May 26 2019

Celebrate gender swapping culture and couture at this colossal convention from drag juggernaut RuPaul. Meet queens, pop culture personalities and the winners of RuPaul’s Drag Race, and catch a keynote speech by RuPaul, panels on drag and disco and more.

Cinespia Cemetery Screenings

Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood
May 25 2019-Jun 29 2019

Pack a picnic and plenty of booze for the summertime rite of passage, with a screening of Legally Blonde.

Eat | See | Hear

Multiple venues
May 25 2019-Sep 14 2019

Eat | See | Hear travels to different locales throughout the city each Saturday during the summer. This weekend, it’s Coming to America at the Autry.

Street Food Cinema

Multiple venues
May 25 2019-Oct 19 2019

For dinner and a movie, all in one, just follow the food trucks to Pasadena’s Victory Park Recreation Center for a screening of Back to the Future.

Melrose Rooftop Theatre

E.P. & L.P., West Hollywood
Until May 29 2019

West Hollywood’s ultra-chic restaurant and rooftop bar, E.P. & L.P., hosts a screening of The Devil Wears Prada.

Rooftop Cinema Club

Multiple venues
Until Jun 30 2019

The masters of alfresco rooftop movie have a stacked slate of films in Hollywood and Downtown L.A., including Coming to America, a Bohemian Rhapsody sing-along, Do the Right Thing and Spice World.

Source: Timeout LA
Header image courtesy of MAINopoly